Could human anti-anxiety drugs also be affecting fish?

02/14/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Traces of a common anxiety-treatment drug in waterways may be altering the social and feeding behaviors of fish, according to a study in the journal Science. Scientists in Sweden found that fish exposed to traces of Oxazepam were less social but ate faster, worrying researchers about the long-term consequences such medications could have on the ecosystem. The Environmental Protection Agency fired back, saying the levels in the study were higher than the levels found naturally in the water and that "the relevance of their study to the real world is unclear."

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